NYC Rooftop Gardner big photo

NYC Rooftop Gardner big photo
September, 2013

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Seedling Identification


I am determined to learn how to identify seedlings so that I don’t get my hopes up over something that turns out to be a weed.  We’ve had some great plants arrive on the wind or from birds, but also a lot of weeds.  This will be my official weed identification page for future reference.


If anyone here knows… please comment.

P1060931  P1060932  P1060938  P1060939

#1 - I had zinnia’s in this box last year but these don’t look                    #2 No clue what these might be. Came on the wind I think.
like zinnias.  I suspect this could be fleabane….



P1060933  P1060934  P1060936  P1060937

Tall Yellow Coneflower                 Mexican Hat Coneflower              Probably Celosia Spicata            Pretty sure this is Gallardia


P1070063  P1050972  P1070056  P1070154

Salvia                                        Euphorbia (snow on the mountain, self seeded)     Ailanthus tree from seed (3 leaves)



P1070068  P1070126  P1070131  P1070076

These are all morning glory seeds that sow themselves.  I love the way their leaves unfold.


P1070240  P1070243  P1070244  P1070245

Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranth that grows long red tendrils)                  Shoo Fly                              Mystery plant (tobacco?)


P1050981  P1070249  P1070252  P1070290

Elderberry in April, and now with buds coming soon.                Tobacco or Elecampane?        Petunia (left) and Tobacco (right)


P1070262  P1070266  P1070270  P1070250

These are Convolvus Ensign or dwarf morning glory.  In late April I soaked the seeds and they did not come up. These are mid-May.



  P1060935  P1060444  P1060446  P1060448

Datura --came on the wind              Virginia Cup flower                  Feverfew (re-seeded itself)       Groundcover – Henbit blew in on wind


P1060445  P1060450  Mullein  P1050965

seeds planted in March                 Yarrow                                       Mullein                                      Sedum


P1050968  P1060011  P1060016  P1060003

Tansy                                           Elderberry                                  Mint                                          Gingko (from seed)


P1060035  P1050985  P1050990  P1050993  P1050999

There is nothing more hopeful that buds coming out of a twig or branch.


  1. It all looks beautiful, Nancy! I'm impressed at how you know all those plants! I'm sorry I can't help you with the unknown ones! Good luck with it ;)

  2. Probably right on the fleabane. The other is familiar looking, but I cannot ID it. I would wait to see what comes of them -or at least that is my method when I can spare it.